• Alyssa Piperis

My 13-Word Love Stories the 'New York Times' Didn't Use

As this is a love and lifestyle blog, it's safe to say that I'm a bit of a love nerd. I write a lot about love, and I read a lot about love. And heartbreak. And marriage. And cheating. And what it takes to make love last. So, it should make a lot of sense that I'm a big fan of The New York Times' Modern Love column-- "a series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love." There's also a podcast of the same name in which celebrities read popular essays that have been featured in the column, and the authors of the essays often come on to answer questions and share stories about their moving pieces. It's so damn good.

At the end of October, there was a post in The New York Times that said the Modern Love column was entering its teen years and wanted to celebrate with a project called "Awkward and Amazing: Modern Love at 13." It called for readers to submit their own stories relating to the joys and tribulations of love. The catch? It had to be done in 13 words.

After seeing this post, I immediately went to the Notes section of my phone to look for inspiration and type up a handful of 13-word stories to submit. I ended up submitting six, none of which made the cut. I thought they were pretty good, so I figured I'd share them (plus one more that I didn't submit) here. Some of them you may or may not recognize from lines I have in other blog posts on here. I admittedly grabbed some of them from posts and poems I've written. Hey, if I'm gonna plagiarize, at least I'm plagiarizing myself, amirite?

Here are my 13-word love stories:

I turned you down because I was scared. Then you turned me on.

We used to share a bed. Now we can't even share a conversation.

"We'll still be friends." That is the lie we didn't mean to tell.

We finally ran into each other. Our small talk screamed in my ears.

We never tried, because there was always someone else. His name is Jesus. <-- This is a story for another time.

You finally farted in front of me. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sometimes we argue. But I want to giggle at farts with you forever.

There ya have it! Here's a link to the official article with the chosen 13-word love stories: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/style/modern-love-13-word-stories.html. I was a little underwhelmed by the piece, because I thought there'd be more submissions with a variety of little stories and points of view, but I won't hold that against the folks over at Modern Love. I like the idea they had, and I love the column way too much to be bummed about something so trivial. I highly recommend this column and the podcast! 10/10. Woot, woot!

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